The Evolve Leadership Team
Previously Vice President, Corporate Technology Development at Stratasys
- Co-Inventor of Evolve technology
- 10+ years of experience at Stratasys directing Advanced Technology Development, Systems Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Materials Development and Mechanical Engineering
- 25+ years of leadership, program management and engineering management experience in the 2D printing space at Zebra Technologies, OCE and Dell
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University; M.S. in Management Technology from The University of Minnesota
Jonathan Zagel has 15 years of experience as an Accounting and Finance professional. He is leveraging his expertise in financial reporting, budgeting, and team management to lead the Accounting Human Resources, and IT teams here at Evolve Additive Solutions.
- 15 years of experience as an Accounting/Finance professional
- Demonstrated expertise in financial reporting, budgeting, and team management
- Has built multiple teams, including Accounting, Human Resources, Facilities/IT, and Data Management
Past employee at the BBB of MN & ND where he was the VP of Accounting & Finance.
Masters of Accounting, Ross School of Business at University of Michigan
Bachelors of Science in Japanese Language & Literature, University of Michigan
MICHAEL L SMITH
As an industry veteran, Michael’s progression in the plastics industry includes executive level positions with Pegaso, Borgoricco, Italy as VP Sales and Service North America, Hong Kong based LK Systems as President/CEO. Michael also worked for Husky Injection Molding Systems as General Manager of the Western Region and promoted to International Director of Sales Force Development and Best Practices. Additionally, Michael is an accomplished author and magician and has served as an officer on industry trade associations (SPI, SPE, PIA). Michael holds a B.S., in Business Administration and Business Management from the University of Phoenix, he studied Business Administration and Management Leadership at University of Virginia Darden School of Business and received his MBA in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.
DR. ARUN CHOWDRY
- 30+ years of Technology and Commercialization leadership experience at NexPress and Kodak
- As CTO & VP of the NexPress JV, led technology and commercialization teams in US and Germany to help bring the highest quality and most reliable digital printing press to market in record time. Also created a high-value materials business for the NexPress.
- As Portfolio Director of Kodak’s EP Imaging portfolio, built a 1000+ strategic patent portfolio
- B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins Univ.
- 25+ years of leadership experience in product and technology development and manufacturing of industrial production equipment
- As Director of Engineering at Bosch Packaging Technology, led global rationalization of product lines and advanced System Engineering practice
- As VP of Engineering at Optomec, developed micron-scale 5-axis-motion Aerosol Jet printers
- At Tetra Pak, led development of injection molding, recycling, and numerous other technology, manufacturing, and organizational innovations
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and M.S. in Management of Technology from Chalmers University
35 years of electrophotographic experience at Kodak
- At Kodak part of the Chemical Development group that developed toner and developer technology and then moved into an expanding electrophotographic systems development role
- Responsible for several major materials projects, such as an in-house dip coated photoconductor and EP integration of oil-less fused toner made by an evaporative limited coalescence process
- Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Maine at Orono.
Jeff Reust, M.A., Sr. Director of Global Operations at Evolve. In his prior role Jeff was the VP of Operations and Administration at Cybertol Engineering. Jeff holds a BS in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology from Purdue University and a MA in Management from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Board of Directors
Steven Chillscyzn is the co-Founder and Director of Evolve Additive Solutions and the co-Inventor of the STEP Technology.
Before working at Evolve, Steve was the Vice President of Technology Development at Stratasys, with responsibilities including the direction of Advanced Technology Development, Systems Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Materials Development, and Mechanical Engineering.
He has over 25 years of leadership, program management and engineering management experience in the design and development of over twenty five 2D laser, inkjet, and thermal printers at Eltron, Zebra Technologies, OCE and Dell. At Dell, Steve lived in Asia and co-started up the Dell Singapore Design Center. He was one of four individuals who grew the SDC to over 180 employees. He led a global advanced technology development team researching and commercializing new printer technologies and architectures for next generation products.
Steve’s 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology experience includes FDM, Polyjet, and STEP.
Steve served a four year term in the U.S. Air Force, holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a M.S., Management of Technology from The University of Minnesota.
Carsten Rasmussen joined the LEGO Group in 2001 and was appointed Chief Operations Officer in 2017.
He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s manufacturing, supply chain, quality, procurement, and corporate facilities.
Prior to assuming his current role, Carsten was Senior Vice-President Organisation Capability Building.
During his 18-year career with the Group, he has held a diverse range of leadership roles in Europe, America and Asia. These include Senior Vice President of Shopper Marketing & Channel Development; Senior Vice President, European Production and Packaging, where he oversaw the Group’s manufacturing sites in Kladno, Czech Republic and Billund, Denmark. He was also General Manager, LEGO Supply Chain in Hong Kong and Director, Purchasing.
Carsten holds a Masters in Logistics from the University of Aarhus.
Since January 1, 2016 Volker Hammes is Managing Director of BASF New Business GmbH, Ludwigshafen/Germany. He is particularly responsible for Business Build-up of innovative material solutions e.g. for E-Power Management, Functional Feed Additives, and 3D-Printing (Additive Manufacturing). Additionally, he is Chairman of BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, Heidelberg/Germany.
Currently, Volker Hammes serves on the Boards of Essentium Inc, Pflugerville/TX, USA, and the NASDAQ listed company Materialise NV, Leuven/Belgium.
Born on July 21, 1963 in Essen, he is married with two children. Volker Hammes holds a Master of Science degree with first-class honors in Mechanical Engineering/Plastics Technology from RWTH Aachen University.
Career stages in BASF Group:
1989 – Application Technology Engineer, Aweta Thermoplaste, BASF AG
1991 – Deputy Head of Extrusion Laboratories, Aweta Thermoplaste, BASF AG
1992 – Project Manager Plastics Recycling, Aweta Thermoplaste, BASF AG
1994 – Group Leader Extrusion Solutions for Rigid Thermoplastics Europe, BASF AG
1998 – Senior Marketing Manager Polystyrene Asia Pacific, BASF East Asia Ltd., Hongkong
2000 – Director Styrenic Polymers & Foams ASEAN, BASF Malaysia & Singapore Ltd., Singapore
2004 – Vice President, Global Business Management Specialty Foams, BASF SE
2006 – Vice President, Reg. Business Unit Specialty Plastics Europe, BASF SE
2009 – Vice President, Marketing & Sales Eastern Europe, West Asia & Africa, BASF SE
2012 – Vice President, Head of Business Center Turkey, Middle East & North Africa & CEO of BASF Turk Kimya, Istanbul
2016 – Vice President, Managing Director BASF New Business GmbH, Business Build-up
HUGH EVANS III
Hugh Evans is an active investor, operator and entrepreneur in the Additive Manufacturing sector. He has invested in numerous 3D Printing startups, and serves on the Board of Directors and as an Advisor to many projects. From 2013 to 2019, he served as SVP, Corporate Development and Digitization at 3D Systems Corporation. During that period, he also served on the Board of Directors at AquaVentures Holdings (NYSE: “WAAS”; sold to Culligan for $1.1 billion on 03/30/20).
Hugh Previously worked for 21 years as an investment analyst and portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price Associates in Baltimore, MD. He started his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Morgan Stanley & Co. He received his BA from the University of Virginia (Jefferson Scholar) and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Arjay Miller Scholar).
In his current role, Andreas is responsible for the Additive Manufacturing Program Initiative within Siemens PLM Software leading the product definition, implementation and launch of the Siemens’ end-to-end additive manufacturing solution spanning from design for AM, print preparation to AM production software and technology. He also coordinates and manages Additive Manufacturing research, technology adoption, and partner / vendor relationships across Siemens PL and other Siemens business units.
Andreas has 35 years of experience in manufacturing and software development. He joined the company in 1994 and has since then worked in various leading positions across product and business development with a focus on Digital Manufacturing.
Andreas holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Business from the University Darmstadt/Germany.
Tim is responsible for Technology and Innovation across the Stanley Engineered Fastening business a $1.8B supplier of fasteners and equipment to the Automotive and General Industrial space. He also leads the company wide initiative looking at the implementation of Additive Manufacturing within SBD. Prior to his current position he lead Breakthrough Innovation within the Global Tools and Storage division focused on finding and implementing new technologies in new markets. He also leads the Technology Council across the corporation with the aim of fostering innovation throughout SBD. Prior to this he was Vice President of Design to Value and Complexity Management, driving significant cross business initiatives at Stanley Black & Decker.
He was Vice President of Global Engineering and Program Management for 5 years at JLG Industries a construction equipment manufacturer and division of a Oshkosh Corporation.
Tim stared his career at Ford Motor Company in the UK, Germany and US with experience in vehicle body structure design, finite element analysis and vehicle crash safety.
Adam Pawloski has enjoyed the benefits of a diverse scientific and technical leadership background within various industries, ranging from additive manufacturing to plastics to biotechnology to nanotechnology. Adam currently leads the Product Management team for Stratasys’ Manufacturing Business Unit. In this role, his team is responsible for the product life cycle of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) systems and materials targeted for growth in manufacturing market segments. Serving 11 years with the company, Adam began connections to Stratasys while working as a supplier for thermoplastic compounds and technical services, and that business was later acquired by Stratasys. Adam has served in leadership roles inside Stratasys in R&D, Product development, and Application development capacities, including responsibilities for site operations in materials production and quality.
Prior to Stratasys, Adam held leadership and technical positions in companies with a strong emphasis on materials science. At Affymetrix from 2005-2009, Adam was a technical leader for the development of novel manufacturing processes for DNA microarrays, and from 2002-2005 he was a Member of the Technical Staff at Advanced Micro Devices, responsible for next-generation photolithography materials and processes.
In 2002, Dr. Pawloski completed a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where research focused on the materials and processes used in semiconductor photolithography. Adam additionally holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. Professional accomplishments include 23 issued patents.
Joe Allison has dedicated over 30 years to developing the 3D printing industry by driving new technologies and new materials to meet the requirements of new applications.
He entered the industry, working as an R&D engineer for 3D Systems from 1987-1991. He then worked for 23 years as founder and CEO of Solid Concepts, the largest service provider in the 3D printing sector. After selling Solid Concepts to Stratasys, he served 3 years as CEO of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. He is now an active investor and advisor to many companies in the Additive Manufacturing space.
Mr. Allison received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and his 26 years of experience operating a service business and brings an intimate knowledge of customer requirements to the board.